Summary – Photography progressed from “grungy” low quality monochrome images in the 1800’s to near perfect quality color after a century or more. Lately the pendulum has started to swing back – at least for some camera users who intentionally “antique” their images in post-processing. Just how popular is this trend? Where do you stand? A survey….
This gallery leads off with the captured image
Followed by Instagram’s rendition
The remainder of the gallery consists of versions of the capture
Produced by the likes of (in no special order)
Color Efex Pro Vintage filters
Silver Efex Pro
Other vintage photo effects programs
Click on any image for a full screen slide show
Recently Instagram celebrated its 3rd birthday
It’s used regularly (says Instagram) by over 150,000,000 users
That suggests a lot of interest
In square format low quality grungy photos
I can think of reasons for this starting with the difference between
1. Casual shooters vs. more serious “photographers”
Easy “Art?” vs.
Investing time, $, and effort learning a craft?
2. Another thought – intentionally degrading image quality
Hides lots of image quality flaws
That we good shooters with expensive gear avoid 😉
Got a bad photo? Hide it by imitating poor quality antiques
Oversimplified, but I believe the above two are at the heart of it
No disrespect intended to either group
Instagram isn’t the only option for making vintage-like images
Snapseed by Nik (now part of Google+) is a prime example
In addition, Color Efex Pro has numerous vintage effect filters
As does Silver Efex Pro
And OnOne & Topaz products
Also, many folks use HDR extreme effects to a similar end
It’s hard to believe that folks need even more options
How about you?
Where do you stand on creating faux vintage images?
Do we need more programs to produce faux vintage photos?
If you feel more are needed
Please explain what & why in a reply (Thanks)
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